Master of Science in Information Systems

Master of Science in Information Systems

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In the information systems field, many, if not most, managers earn their position because of technical competence and interpersonal skills.  These individuals are often software developers, systems analysts, or database administrators with excellent technical skills, but few have formal management training, except that provided by their companies as a requirement for promotion.  Others are professional managers, who have few technical skills, but have been hired due to management expertise. 

Professional information technology management is a complex field requiring, in our opinion, a strong, inter-related combination of management and technical skills.  A fortunate few in IT project management are successful without both skill sets, but such successes are rare.  Therefore:

The Mission of the MSIS Program is to ensure that graduates are properly educated in information systems and management theory and equipped with the skills needed to become effective, responsible, technically competent, and ethical information systems leaders and managers upon graduation.end

Depending on an individual student’s level of information systems industry experience, we expect graduates to be ready to assume a variety of positions from Lead Systems Analyst to Chief Information Officer.  This may be an ambitious mission; however, our standards are high and our curricula rigorous.

MSIS Program Outcomes

Graduates of the MSIS program will:

  1. Possess the advanced oral and written communication skills necessary to effectively present and communicate complex IT issues within an organizational environment.
  2. Possess the research skills necessary to collect, analyze and interpret data to make decisions and meet the information system demands of organizations.
  3. Have the knowledge and skills necessary to develop, implement, and assess a strategic plan to meet IT needs effectively.
  4. Possess the critical thinking skills necessary for facilitating decisions, solving problems, and developing innovative processes to achieve continuous improvement.
  5. Prepare budgets, evaluate financial information and reports, employ risk management strategies, and perform cost/benefit analysis.
  6. Possess the interpersonal skills necessary to successfully interact with others, and to participate actively as a member of a team.
  7. Assess emerging technologies and trends in the IT industry and evaluate their impact on the enterprise.
  8. Have the ability to integrate information technology theories and apply the result to business opportunities and challenges.
  9. Have the project management skills necessary to successfully bring information technology projects to completion.
  10. Graduates will possess a commitment to ethical conduct and behavior in an information systems context. 

Masters of Science in Information Systems 2011-12 Assessment Report

Masters of Science in Information Systems 2012-13 Assessment Report

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